The Kent Test

If you want to apply for a year 7 place at a Kent grammar school, you can register your child for the Kent Test. The test assesses whether grammar school is a suitable option for your child.

If you move to Kent after the Kent Test has taken place, or if your child has not been tested and you want to move them from their current school secondary school to a grammar school, please read our information about moving to a different school.

  • Register

    How to register 

    Registration for the 2015 Kent Test will open on 1 June 2015 and close on 1 July 2015.

    If you move to Kent after the Kent Test has taken place, or if your child has not been tested and you want to move them from their current secondary school to a grammar school, please read our information about moving to a different school.

  • Test dates

    Your child will take the test in year 6 at primary school.

    The Kent Test dates for 2015 are:

    • 10 September 2015 for children who go to school in Kent
    • 12 September 2015 for children who go to school outside of Kent.
  • Test paper

    The first test will be a multiple choice English and Maths paper with a separate answer sheet. The English test is the first section. The test will take an hour. Each section will involve a 5 minute practice exercise followed by a 25 minute test. The English section will involve a comprehension exercise as well as some additional questions drawn from a set designed to test literacy skills.

    The second test will be a multiple choice reasoning paper. It will take about an hour, including the practice sections and questions. It will contain a verbal reasoning section and a non-verbal reasoning section of roughly the same length, with the verbal reasoning first. The non-verbal reasoning will be split into four sections, administered and timed individually (as in the previous tests).

    The multiple choice test papers are marked by an automated marking machine.

    There will also be a writing exercise which will not be marked but may be used by a local headteacher panel as part of the headteacher assessment stage of the process. Forty minutes will be allowed for the writing task, including 10 minutes planning time.

    The Kent Test familiarisation booklet (PDF, 2.7 MB) gives a description of the different parts of the test and advice on approaching the types of questions asked.

  • Results day

    The results for the 2015 Kent Test will be sent out on 14 October 2015.

    Test scores are available from your primary school. We cannot give out test scores over the phone.

    If you need further advice, please email the secondary admissions team at kent.admissions@kent.gov.uk, quoting your child's Pupil ID for security purposes.

  • What your score means

    An explanation of score will be provided after the test has taken place.

    How the scores are set

    The score for a grammar school assessment is different every year. We set it depending on the range of results children achieve. If lots of children scored very highly on the test, the pass mark is set higher. If lots of children get low scores, the pass mark is set lower.

    Marks are adjusted very slightly to allow for each child's age when they take the test. This is done through a statistical process called standardisation, to make sure that a child's results are compared with the performance of other children the same age.

    A standardised score of 100 represents an average performance for a child of a given age, with the lowest standardised score normally around 70 and the highest around 140. 

    Until Kent pupils have taken the tests, it is not possible to predict the threshold for grammar school in a particular year. However, it is usually set using a minimum overall score and a minimum score for a single section.

    You can't appeal against your child's Kent Test results.

  • Apply for grammar school

    Applications for secondary school will open in early September 2015.

    If your child took the test and was successfully grammar school assessed, the school will consider your application. However, this does not guarantee your child will be offered a place. If more children qualify for places than the number of places available, the school will use its admissions criteria to decide which children to offer places to. If you are not offered a place at a grammar school you can appeal to explain why you think grammar school is a suitable option for your child.

    If your child was not successfully grammar school assessed or did not take the test, the school will turn down your application, and you'll be offered a different school. You have the right to appeal to explain why you think grammar school is a suitable option for your child.